What many people consider to be the greatest rivalry in the history of sports is set to resume Friday evening following the need to postpone Thursday’s contest due to COVID-19 protocols. The leader of the AL East and rolling Red Sox visit the New York Yankees for a scheduled first pitch to be delivered at 7:05 p.m. when Domingo German takes the mound against Martin Perez. Below, I will be sharing with you my picks and predictions for when the Bronx Bombers look to get out to a hot start returning from the All-Star break. 

Odds, Spreads, and Lines:

  • Last updated: 12:15 p.m. July 16
  • Moneyline: Red Sox (-105), Yankees (-112)
  • Run line: Red Sox +1.5 (-185), Yankees -1.5 (+143)
  • Over/Under: O 10 (-106), U 10 (-110)

Notable Yankees Out:

  • Aaron Judge (COVID-19 protocols)
  • Gio Urshela (COVID-19 protocols)

Huge Opportunity for Yankees:

The Yankees return from the All-Star break trailing the Red Sox eight games out of the AL East. In the first half of the season, New York fans wore nothing but disappointed faces as their team couldn’t buy a win against their longtime rival. Getting swept in each series, the Yankees seek revenge in the second half of the season. 

With 13 games lined up against the Red Sox, the Yankees are anything but out of a position to reach the playoffs with a Wild Card spot. However, in order for them to realistically put themselves on pace to enter contention, things need to change, and they need to change right now.

The Yankees had the opportunity to enter the All-Star break with a clean sweep over arguably the best team in baseball in Houston. Unfortunately for New York, it wasn’t meant to be as they ultimately allowed five runs in the ninth inning, handing the Astros the win. In the moment, there’s no doubt this was heartbreaking, but perhaps it can serve as an awakening in the Yankees organization.

In recent years, the Yankees have been in possession of one of the strongest and most consistent bullpens in all of baseball. Chad Green, Luis Cessa, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman have historically been the bright spot while the bats of Yankees sluggers Judge, Stanton, Torres, and Sanchez have all struggled in the past. Now, it’s the complete opposite, with the bats clicking and the bullpen getting lit up.

This has been the story of the Yankees season thus far, and if there’s ever a time to make an adjustment, it’s this weekend. The first half has to be in the rearview mirror, with the second half on the horizon. Yankees fans need something to root for, and a comeback in the second half of the season will be sure to please them.

If you bet on the Yankees tonight, you’re betting on them for the 2nd half of the season. With Judge and Urshela absent, Lemahieu and Stanton will have to pick up the slack, but it’s not something that they haven’t handled before. Let’s see if the Yankees made any adjustments to their bullpen or if we should be expecting more of the same in the second half of the season.

Free Pick: Yankees ML (-112)

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